It’s not easy achieving academic excellence in college, especially at a school like Gonzaga where the high school grade-point average for incoming freshmen is upwards of 3.7. Imagine then, how difficult it is for student-athletes to excel academically when they must devote so much time to athletics. Nevertheless, Gonzaga student-athletes’ long tradition of academic excellence continued in the 2009-10 academic year. On Tuesday, three Zag golfers earned national All-America Scholar honors: Senior Derek Cheney and rising senior Kyle Huus were chosen from the men’s team; rising junior Jessica Howe was picked from the women.
In the past academic year alone, more than half of Gonzaga’s nearly 300 student-athletes maintained a 3.25 GPA or higher and 134 student-athletes received Honors for their hard work in school. Fifteen teams maintained cumulative GPAs over 3.0, while men’s golf posted an impressive 3.49 GPA. Five teams – men’s golf, soccer and tennis, and women’s soccer and volleyball – earned All-Academic Team Honors, and 35 student-athletes were honored by the West Coast Conference by making their sport’s All-Academic team.
The NCAA honored eight more teams for their strong Academic Performance Rate, a measure used to gauge academic success and retention. Eight Zags’ teams – men’s golf, soccer, tennis, and track & field, and women’s golf, rowing, soccer and volleyball – scored in the top 10 percent of their sport nationwide.
Forty-three Zags graduated in May, incuding18 with honors. Women’s soccer standout Lori Conrad won a highly competitive WCC Postgraduate Scholarship for continuous academic and athletic achievement; she will pursue an MBA in health care management here. The Graduate Success Rate now nearly matches GU’s general student population.
The University applauds its inspiring student-athletes and, in turn, these Zags thank the Gonzaga family for guidance, support and encouragement.